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Holmdel Turns To 'Single-Stream Recycling' Starting Jan. 1

No more sorting. Now, residents will place all recyclables in one container.

Beginning January 1, Holmdel Township households can put out all the recycling to the curb, in the same container. 

That means all the metal cans, plastic containers, bottles, jars, cardboard, newspapers, office paper and mixed papers can be combined in the container, as long as it does not exceed more than 50 lbs.

The Township Committee voted to make the switch to single-stream at their last meeting after learning they could save $39,001 in 2013. 

Switching to single stream recycling in 2013 is also contributing to an annual decrease of the Township’s recycling contract by approximately 30%, said Recycling Coordinator Barbara Kovelesky, who is also now serving as Interim Township Clerk. 

There will be no change in the collection schedule.  Future Sanitation of Farmingdale will continue to do the pick-ups. The recyclables are sorted by machines and sent to landfills in different parts of the country. 

"Its a convenience, more than anything," said Future Sanitation salesman Bernie Neuhaus. "It's a greener way of doing things. The easier we can make it for the public, the more receptive they are going to be to recycle."  

Realist December 19, 2012 at 11:55 AM
What's the point of recycling if its all being sent to landfills as stated in the article? That can't be correct.
Rhea Kaston December 19, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Will plastic recycling expand beyond those marked 1 & 2. What about all the other kinds of plastic?
Sede Spang December 19, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Hope that was a misprint and they are being sent to recycling centers not landfills!!
Christina Johnson (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Future Recycling's webpage details the kinds of items it handles. http://www.futuresanitation.com/recycling.html ....Plastics, such as the kind used in kids' playsets, is not recyclable and the company will not take it. The company rep said, "If it has a cap on it, it's usually recyclable." Landfills can serve different purposes. According to Wikipedia, some are for burying garbage but others are used for temporary storage, consolidation and transfer, or processing of waste material (sorting, treatment, or recycling).
Nick J. December 19, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Seems like an easy way for the Town to save some money, while making recycling easier for the homeowner. Nice job!
Arnie Goetchius December 20, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I have been putting all of my recyclables (except for newspapers) for at least 20 years. I don't get what is new about this
Arnie Goetchius December 20, 2012 at 06:54 PM
putting them in one container
L December 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM
And while we we've been going through the trouble of sorting, the guys from the recycling company have been dumping the paper, plastic and metal together in the truck all along. I too don't understand why this is news now. Something is weird about this.
Christine December 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Yes something is so weird about this. All along I've imagined that while some residents do their part and 'recycle', the collection / garbage companies just dump it with garbage into landfills. We go through the motions and town officials must know it. Although seeing it here in print - "sent to landfills" - is really disheartening.
Michael Nikolis December 30, 2012 at 03:12 PM
There is a wide misconception that when your put out your 'recyclables' for recycling that those items get recycled... Not always true. Our recycled metals gets sold to China.. Glossy and colored paper can't be recycled.. A lot of what gets placed in recycling is actually garbage and it takes more energy to incenerate those items.. Recycling costs more money, time and energy than what it is worth.. according to a NY Times article... http://www.nytimes.com/1996/06/30/magazine/063096-tierney-magazine.html?pagewanted=1
L December 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Very interesting comment from Michael. So why is the town giving a contract to a separate company to collect the so-called " recyclables"? Wonder how this shows up on the town's line item budget for 2013.
Mike Simpson December 31, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Mike....that NY Times article appears to be have been published 16 years ago!! :-)
Michael Nikolis December 31, 2012 at 07:49 PM
True.. But it makes the point that recycling, by itself, is wasteful.. The message of the article is we buy too much crap that we don't need or use.. Which is still true to this day.. If not more so...
Jim January 02, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Aluminum is very valuable as a recyclable. Glass, metal, newspaper and even mixed paper has value. The cost of recycling is less than the cost of just dumping. The recycling of plastic is still iffy but it does save a bit compared to just dumping it into landfills. Plastic of course does not break down during a lifetime so getting them separated for eventual recycling is still a net positive.
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